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Scott AFB youngster wins $500 Exchange gift card for academic excellence

Dylan Hughs, 15, is presented with a $500 gift card at the Scott Air Force Base Exchange. Hughs is the third-place winner of the Exchange’s You Made the Grade Sweepstakes. (From left), Rita Sheridan, Exchange general manager; Hughs; Hughs’ mother, Jennifer; and Oliver Westphal, Exchange store manager.
Dylan Hughs, 15, is presented with a $500 gift card at the Scott Air Force Base Exchange. Hughs is the third-place winner of the Exchange’s You Made the Grade Sweepstakes. (From left), Rita Sheridan, Exchange general manager; Hughs; Hughs’ mother, Jennifer; and Oliver Westphal, Exchange store manager.

For 15-year-old Dylan Hughs, hard work has paid off—literally.

On Aug. 1, the O’Fallon resident was presented with a $500 gift card, the third-place prize in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s You Made the Grade sweepstakes, at the Scott Air Force Base Exchange.

I didn’t think they’d have the balloons and everything for me. They made it seem like I was famous.

Dylan Hughs, a 15-year-old O’Fallon Township High School student who won the third-place prize in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s You Made the Grade sweepstakes

“I didn’t think they’d have the balloons and everything for me,” Dylan said. “They made it seem like I was famous.”

Through the You Made the Grade program, first- through 12th-graders who maintain a B average or higher are eligible to receive a coupon book filled with Exchange discounts and a sweepstakes entry form for a shot at a $2,000, $1,500 or $500 Exchange gift card.

Hughs attends O’Fallon Township High School, where his favorite subject is math. He also plays baseball and is active in Boy Scouts. He returned from the National Scout Jamboree in Mount Hope, West Virginia just a few days before he received his gift card.

“I’m very proud of him,” said Jennifer Hughs, Dylan’s mother. “It makes me feel good that he cares about his grades. When I talk to people about it, they say, ‘Wow, people really do win those things.’”

When not in school, Dylan Hughs enjoys coin collecting and camping. His father, Air Force Reserve Maj. Robert Hughs, has served for nine years.

The Exchange salutes the hard work and determination of students like Dylan. Despite the frequent moves and everyday stressors that go along with military life, Dylan has set an example of academic achievement for his peers.

Rita Sheridan, general manager of the Scott AFB Exchange

Rita Sheridan, general manager of the Scott AFB Exchange, said the Exchange is more than happy to present Dylan with such an award.

“The Exchange salutes the hard work and determination of students like Dylan,” Sheridan said. “Despite the frequent moves and everyday stressors that go along with military life, Dylan has set an example of academic achievement for his peers.”

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